RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
• Aromatic earth tonic of the resinous picea and humulus lupulus
• Beer Type: Imperial pilsner brewed with Northern Michigan Blue Spruce needles and healthy doses of high alpha hops

Imperial India Spruce Pilsner is fermented with local, hand-picked blue spruce tips and the quintessential symbol for Joe Short’s love of hops and craft beer. The spruce presence, rooted in historical brewing practices, is enormous and gives the beer a refreshing gin quality. This beer is impressively light bodied, considering the immense spruce flavors and the prodigious additions of hops.

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alexsdad06 (10938) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
750 ml bottle purchased at Shorts many years ago and rated from notes. Pour a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma was pure spruce that blasted from the bottle upon opening and continued into the glass. Some additional malts character with moderate sweetness tries, but can’t really overcome the spruce. The spruce played a huge role in the flavor as well. Additional bready malt, honey, earthy notes accompany the spruce. In small doses this was good, but I couldn’t drink much of this.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/11/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewfest, GABF

clear yellow, huge off white head, spicy pine aroma back by light sweet malt, sweet malt flavor balanced by strong spicy spruce, nice bitter finish more from the spruce than the hops,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
courtesy of the Shorts tasting night group. early ’07 bottle.
Simply wow, I could smell this beer all day and dream of back home.
pours golden/orange with white head.
Aroma reminded me a lot of the backwoods back home. As if they had thrown a whole forest in a bottle, spruce seeds are just present and of pure goodness. Just could not stop marveling at the aroma. Lots of grassy and earthly hops, pine forest scent.
Flavor, very herbal, vegetal, spicy hops, light citrus hops with hints of grapefruit. Not overly bitter but just some nice pine and earthly goodness with spruce seeds. Finish with light pepper spices.
Insanely good, a looking glass that projects you in the middle of a spruce/pine forest.

czar (9477) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 on tap at extreme beer fest 2017, boston. unclear bright gold pour with a small white cap offering some retention and lacing. tingling junipers, sweet pils - muscat grape wine; astringent and tannic leaves and branches, not only tips, tons of spruce and resin trivially; some relatively clean fruity yeast action though. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and kind of heavy; sweet sprucey finish. as bad as its name suggests. overly sprucey and sweet pils don’t particularly match.

drfabulous (8659) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12 ounce thanks to MP. Honestly, I don’t get a lot of spruce. Big pine taste in the back of my throat and tongue. Almost hoppy. It’s the big hoppy pine I get more. But having had spruce beers that taste like Xmas trees, I’m happy that this one doesn’t taste that way.

mjs (7725) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 5, 2009
(Bottle, 0.75 l, at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, on 2009-04-04 -- shared with sayravai and isos, thanks!) Hazy amber. Medium sized white head. Young spruce needles and fruitiness in aroma. Medium bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Young spruce needles, bitterness, frutiness, lots and lots of hops and citricness in taste. Young spruce needles and bitterness in aftertaste. Impressive beer, although 0.75 l would be too much for one person alone.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle at the 2007 GABF: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Woodsy grapefruity nose has some pale malty notes. Body starts with a fairly full, sweet caramel maltiness and big fresh citrusy and piny bittering hops with some spruce character. Finishes bitter and crisp with some alcoholic warmth. Another tasty and unique offering from Shorts.

Radek Kliber (7487) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle 750 ml no 516/866

Appearance: thick unfiltered amber look with large , slightly tanned creamy top. Fine lace.
Nose: sweet berry , fruity light , clean , crisp nose , malty bottom. 7+
Flavor/Palate : Bitter , woody , spruce with alcohol warmth. Aromatic spruce resin like with amber malt as base. Not for everyone. If you like character of deep coniferous woods this one is for you.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish straw, very hazy, moderate to large frothy white head, sticky lacing.   Strong

spruce on the nose.   It dominates, nothing else comes through.   Slight powdery candied sugar seems to sit in

the background.   Whoa!   Strong spruce flavor up front, slight strawberry leaf, smidgen of hops.   I

first had this fresh, and it was a bruiser.   Having sat on this for more than a year it has mellowed out and

actually become quite interesting.   Full bodied, viscous mouthfeel.   This reminds me of an Imperial Alaskan

Winter Ale, as the Alaskan is the only other beer that seems to have pronounced Spruce flavor.   This is a treat,

and a warming one at that.   Very unique.   Lingering Spruce flavors well after the finish.   Clean,

malty, fairly sweet.   Can’t say I have had anything like this before.   If you have the opportunity to try

this, or get a bottle, if fresh sit on it for a while.   Its quite the treat.   Who would have thought that

something so brash would turn into something so sublime.   I was very surprised by this one.   Its almost as

if you took an IPA and replaced the hops with Spruce.   Unique, intriguing, and very quaffable.   Good stuff!

  Thanks Derek!

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